Over the past 10 winters since 2011 proceeds from the School Pirate Loppet have been presented to sixteen School District #83 Elementary Schools: Armstrong,Â Bastion, Carlin, Grindrod, Highland Park, Hillcrest, M.V. Beattie, North Canoe, Parkview, Ranchero, Salmon Arm West, Silver Creek, Sorrento, South Broadview and South Canoe. Each School has purchased X-C Ski equipment. In 2020 M.V. Beattie Elementary will receive $2000 and Hillcrest Elementary will receive $1500.
A total of $38,900 has been distributed to local schools by the Pirate Loppet host committee based on the $5 per student registration fee and generous donations from:
- Askew’s Foods
- CSRD – Shuswap Tourism
- Hub International Insurance Brokers
- Hudson Dental Clinic
- Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union
- School District #83
- Shuswap Community Foundation
Some School PAC Groups that have matched “Skis for Schools” grants
The Larch Hills Nordics School Pirate Loppet Host Committee plans to continue with this â€œSkis for Schoolsâ€ initiative since local X-C ski rental equipment is limited. Purchase by SD #83 Schools of approximately 230 pairs of X-C skis, ski boots and poles have been enabled through the Skis for Schools Program since 2011. Add to that the financial support to purchase ski equipment by Schools’ Parent Advisory Committees.